Connecting social media

June 2017 IT infrastructure

When a global social media giant took a strategic decision to open offices in South Africa, they appointed BT-SA as its local infrastructure partner. The client brief was that it sought to enjoy a global standard of service delivery, supported by internationally recognised and supported technology and services.

BT-SA’s success in acquiring the contract rested on its ability to offer local maintenance and support, as well as comply with the social media company’s global standards, from a technology infrastructure as well as aesthetic point of view, in the roll-out of its South African office.

In order to meet with the global standards requirements related to the ICT infrastructure installation, BT-SA needed to assure that it could comply with global standards. The company was provided with international training through every aspect of the project, training which ensured that the final product would match the aesthetics, culture and dynamic of the global company.

“The client has a very particular international recipe for infrastructure that needs to be adhered to in every region it is represented. The project timeline itself was also ­exceptionally tight,” said Erik Jordaan, managing director at BT-SA.

As per the project scope, BT-SA was responsible for the building of the MDF (Main Distribution Frame) for the social media company. This also included the installation, labelling, testing and certifying of CAT6 data points for the entire project, as well as patching of data points to network switch equipment and supplying and installing all CCTV camera cabling required.

“The project was an incredible one for the BT-SA team to be involved in as it allowed us to really show how adaptable we are as a team,” adds Jordaan. “We were exposed to a new approach to installations, allowed us to broaden our own skills set and enabled us to showcase that South African IT installers are of a global calibre.

“Because of our own approach to compliance, our adherence to international health and safety regulations, our zero-tolerance attitude towards the safety of our teams and the fact that we only use certified tools in our installations, we were able to meet and exceed the quality and compliance requirements of the client.”

For more information contact BT-SA, 0860 105 183,,

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